'Conran on Color' distills the design legend's color theory

Conran on Colour, the latest tome from English designer Terence Conran (who has authored more than 50 books) starts by stating the obvious: Colour is one of the most dynamic elements in design and decoration. But get past the superfluous intro, and you'll find a full palette of inspiring ideas - in both text and especially image. A few takeaways:

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Yardsmart: Shrub althea, crape myrtle are two perfect bloomers for dog days of summer

When the dog days of summer roll around, heat makes your garden take a break from flowering. Thanks to the late breeder Dr. Donald Egolf at the U.S. National Arboretum, you can fill this color void with two fabulous dog day bloomers in their new and improved varieties. Since the 1950s, Egolf worked hard to breed superior forms of two beloved old plants, shrub althea and crape myrtle. Both are hallmarks of the South, but improved hybrids from the arboretum make it possible to enjoy both just about everywhere.

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Bohemian style makes a comeback

It may not be a look for all homeowners or even a way to decorate your entire house. But the bohemian style, which first emerged in early 19th-century France when artists moved into less affluent Parisian neighborhoods, offers an artistic, freestyle bent, according to designer, stylist, blogger and DIY-er Justina Blakeney in her recently published book, "The New Bohemians" (Abrams, 2015). We talked with Blakeney from her new home, a Spanish-style "jungalow," in a Los Angeles neighborhood filled with lush plantings and near the Los Angeles River. "It's only 1,100 square feet, and all the rooms are small, but it's my new 'wet canvas,' which allows me to add my sense of color, pattern and plants, the three key ingredients for any bohemian aesthetic," she says. Blakeney shared more about how to achieve the bohemian look in an interview; here are her condensed comments.

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